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Everything You Need to Know About Getting a New Roof

Don’t be deterred by your choices when getting a new roof, you can easily layout the priorities in terms of importance and go from there. Here is everything you need to know about getting a new roof:

Choosing a Contractor

You want to find a contractor that offers the following qualities:

  • Master Shingle Applicator
  • Better Business Bureau accredited
  • Do not use sub-contractors
  • WSIB Clearance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Written Guarantee
  • Do not request down payment or deposit
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Free estimates


The busiest seasons for roofers are spring and fall. If you are planning to have a new roof installed and it is not an emergency it is best to contact your roofer for quotes during the slower season in the summer. There are a number of benefits to this timing:

  • You will not have to wait as long for a quote or scheduled installation date
  • You will not be paying premium pricing
  • You will have your project completed faster

Roofing Options

When you meet with your roofing company you will want to have a bit of inside information on the roofing options available. Here are the basics:

• Asphalt: Asphalt roofs is the most common roofing covering about 75 percent of the roofs in Canada. Asphalt roofs have come a long way in both durability and design and are a perfect and affordable choice for most home owners. They offer warranties that range from 25 years to limited life time. There are three main designs of shingles including:

Three Tab: These are the most basic design although they do come in far more colour choices than in past decades. Three tab are the most affordable of the asphalt shingles and but add very little interest or texture.
o Laminated Shingles: These have become the most popular style of shingle as they mimic the look of cedar. They offer a far more textured look to a home and come in a number of tones and blends for different looks and effects.
o Architectural Shingles: This type of shingle can be designed to match a number of materials including slate and wood. They are the most decorative choice ideal for executive homes.

• Metal Roofs: Metal roofs have become more popular in past years for a number of reasons. They offer a 50 year warranty and are far more durable than asphalt. They offer a number of colours and styles and are an eco-friendly choice as they are made of partly recycled materials and are recyclable after use.

This basic information will be helpful when it is time to get your new roof.